Posts made in December, 2007

The Aramaic Literature THE SENTENCES OF THE SYRIAC MENANDER * (Third Century A. D.) by T. BAARDA

Posted by on Dec 12, 2007 in Books, Library | Comments Off on The Aramaic Literature THE SENTENCES OF THE SYRIAC MENANDER * (Third Century A. D.) by T. BAARDA

“Menander the Sage said: …” These words introduce a collection of wisdom sayings written in the Syriac language. The purpose of the author in drawing up this anthology of maxims was to show his readers how they could best live in a world in which good and evil, misfortune and fortune are mingled in an unpredictable way. Passing through a world of this nature, people need to be provided with direction, and the author gives such guidance by means of various counsels. The work is often designated a florilegium, and this seems to be a fairly good name for the collection, whose...

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STUDIES IN SYRIAC LITERATURE – DR. MATTI MOOSA

Posted by on Dec 8, 2007 in Books, Library | Comments Off on STUDIES IN SYRIAC LITERATURE – DR. MATTI MOOSA

This study is restricted to the literature of the syrian orthodox Church of Antioch. The systematic study of Syriac Literature and sciences and related subjects began in Europe at the close of the seventeenth century. Eastern writers, whether of early or recent periods, whether Syrians or not, did not concern themselves with the scholarly study of Syriac Literature until recently, when the Syrian Patriarch of Antioch, Mar Ignatius Aphram Barsoum, published his comprehensive work entitled al-Lu’Lu’ al-Manthur (The Unstrung Pearls), or, as he gives the title in French, Histoire des Sciences...

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Tragedies

Posted by on Dec 5, 2007 in Books, Library | Comments Off on Tragedies

No other field of knowledge has been as important and indispensable as history, and probably no other human discourse has been as controversial as history. The importance of history stems from the fact that we, as historical beings, firmly believe that there is an intricate dialectical relationship between the past and the present, and the more we comprehend the past, with all its ups and downs, the better we are equipped to understand the complexities of the present and ensure the stability of the future. In other words, though we are the outcome of history, we consciously and intentionally...

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